Heinz Chapel marks Women’s History Month with window tours

To mark Women’s History Month in March, Heinz Chapel is offering free tours of several stained-glass windows that feature women.

Some of the historical figures rendered in stained glass are:

• Joan of Arc

• Florence Nightingale

• Pocahontas

• Clara

• Abigail Adams

• Emily Bronte

• Emily Dickinson

The tours start on March 1 at 3 p.m., and will be followed by tours at noon on each Tuesday in March.

In addition, the Chapel is offering four concerts featuring almost all-female performers performing works by women composers. They are free and open to the public.

How Many? An Organ Concert of Women's Compositions, 3 p.m. March 8: In honor of International Women's Day, Regina Kettering presents organ works by women. The concert includes pieces from the 1500s to present day.

Quinta Voce, 3 p.m. March 15: The Quinta Voce Wind Quintet makes its Heinz Chapel debut featuring timeless and newly published works by women. Featured will be the Suite for Wind Quintet by Amanda Harberg; Pastorale by Amy Beach; Three Nature Walks by Alexandra Moldar-Suhajad;, along with Argentine tangos and African-American spirituals arranged by prominent women composers. 

Greater Harmony Chorus, 3 p.m. March 22: This women’s chorus performs four-part a cappella music, in barbershop style and other harmony styles. First organized in 1974 in the town of Harmony, the chorus has 59 members.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Student Organ Recital, 3 p.m. March 29: Organ students of Christine Clewell at IUP will perform in recital as part of their studies. All of the works on the program are by women composers.  Clewell is assistant professor of organ and keyboard at IUP, which has maintained an organ program for nearly 140 years.